A little bit of rural England to Australia the long way

A little bit of rural England to Australia the long way

When I first put the painting of Ravenstone church on Facebook I had no idea what reaction it would have. It was a watercolour painting I had done a few years ago and I loved it as a delightful depiction of a pretty country church with the sun shining through the trees on the ancient stonework. But the person who saw it, used to live in Ravenstone, and asked how much it was. I replied with the price for it, and she said she wanted to buy it and did I ship to Western Australia? Yes, certainly! was my reply.

I was excited at the thought of sending one of my pictures to Australia, since it was a country that I hadn’t previously sold a picture to.. and then it dawned on me, that it was also a continent, that I hadn’t sold a picture to as well!

I asked at the Post Office how much the cost would be and how long it would take to get there? “Five days” was the reply. Wow, I thought, that’s quick, and as easy as sending artwork to America, which I’ve done a few times.

I informed the client, and she was happy, paid me via Paypal, and I wrapped the picture up well, took it to the Post Office, and paid for it to go on its long journey to Australia.

I had online tracking on the picture, but that was only whilst it was in this country, as soon as it left these shores I had to wait for the “unknown patch” before it arrived with the client. But still, five days isn’t long is it.

After five days I hadn’t heard from the client.

Nor after six days.

So I emailed and asked if it had arrived? 

No, was the response, it hadn’t.

Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay then, where on earth (ha!) was the picture? And why wasn’t it in Perth like it should be?

I could tell from the tracking number that it had arrived in Australia, but I wasn’t sure where exactly it was..

And then in the first week of October I got an email from the client saying:

“Hi Jackie I think it’s here. Got a delivery card when I got home. Will get it transferred to a post office close to work, so by Wednesday I will be able to see your gorgeous work.” 

Phew, it had arrived in Perth, but I didn’t know where the client worked, Australia is a big country (I know, I’ve been twice and flown over various large tracts of expanse of land) and she might want it taken to any part of it. So, still I had baited breath..

A week after that I wondered if it had arrived and sent another email asking, and  the client replied that she had been chasing it but the Australia post had not been able to move it from one post office to another, but she would let me know as soon as she had got it.

Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, more waiting then…

Another week passed..

And then I got the email saying:

“Safe and sound, and looks awesome. Thank you” 

Phew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She’d got it! I replied that I was pleased to hear that she had finally got it!

And it was only when I checked over when I had first sent it, I found that it had actually taken 24 days to get to her. But, she had it, and loves it, so that’s great! Really great! I’m so pleased that she’s got it, and that it will bring her happiness, because that’s the point of my pictures as far as I’m concerned!

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

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